This past Thursday the class focused on strikes. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am not in the habit of going around and hitting people. It was an interesting psychological block to work though, which I am now thinking is very important. If I need to hit someone, I have a lot less qualms now. Granted, I have made it 40 years without having to hit anyone, and here's hoping that continues. All the straight-wrist
Since I wanted to take my time with the reps, I chose a modest weight, the. The handle is thicker than the , so there's more to grasp, but the lighter weight allowed me to go super slow. I also wanted to get my heart rate up, so I added in some swings. Here's the simple workout I did, which could be easily scaled up or down, or done for a longer time as well.
Once again I'm working with a fairly tight schedule with hard deadlines, self-imposed deadlines, productivity goals, catching up from the move (seriously the glass doors on the cabinets need to go up TONIGHT aggh!), and I'm now taking a 1.5hr Systema class twice a week. Needless to say I am working on reconfiguring my training. On the plus side (BIG plus) not sharing a floor with someone's ceiling means training inside at home is now "guilt free". Woohoo!
It was Monday night and after taking Sunday off from training (other than some slacklining) I really felt the need to do SOMETHING. This is kind of a bare minimumworkout, and if you have the time and/or inclination you could absolutely run through it more than once, adding a different mobility exercise between the sets of swings. Note that I punctuated the sets of swings with a long time favorite mobility move the "pump " so popular with - its similar to an up-dog, down-dog, and I also like the "prying cobra" variation especially if it's been a day at the desk. Scroll down a little, I made a video for you too :)
So here's what I did:
Must admit, I'm really enjoying the lower humidity and slightly cooler weather here at my new place... and even though I was very active before, being able to just go outside and work out with very little fanfare (or audience) has inspired me to do even more. I felt like going pretty heavy with things last night, and ended up surprising myself a little.
Given that I kept seeing references to the get-up in Systema class on Tuesday--and then of course after reading Dan John's very cool article about the get-up, of course I had to feature get-ups as well. In fact I was feeling pretty energetic and decided to go a little heavy (remember, I'm only about 130lbs, so it's relative) with those too.
First off, I did my favorite basic joint mobility sequence (this is an unlisted video, and I need to make it more fancy, but you know how it goes) and a few get-ups on both sides without any weight.
After seeing Ryan Pitts wield that crazy Leviathan Mace yesterday I knew that I'd have to get in at least a little mace work today. I also needed to work on my shoulders some too after a 10 round wicked pairing of heavy swings and pullups (among other things... I need to share that workout with you this week...) the other day. The weather was so nice that I decided to try out this particular tree branch that seemed perfect for ring training--and it was! So I headed to the backyard with my short mace, a very inexpensive set of gymnastic rings, a standard wood dowel, and a ...
So, the mobility sequence was as follows (or just watch the video below which I scraped from Facebook Live--it's live, it's real, and of course in the middle of it the neighbor decides its time to get wacky with what sounds like a circular saw).
I did three rounds of the following:
I have a real love of heavy single
Other things to consider when choosing yourfor this workout: if you go lighter, then really focus on your skills, making every rep super perfect while minimizing rest/breaks.